Monthly Archives: August 2009

More Complete Streets Endorsements

In addition to the recent endorsement of complete streets by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the other reports discussed earlier this month, we’ve learned of a new round of support for complete streets from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the new report, Moving Cooler.

Stimulus spending results add to argument for repair and public transportation investments

At Streetsblog Captiol Hill, Elana Schor’s “Crunching June Stimulus Numbers: Roads Create Pricier Jobs Than Transit” confirms, so far, the predictions in SGA’s Spending the Stimulus: per dollar of investment, state road projects create fewer jobs than do state transit projects. The differences that she found are smaller than other studies have found, mostly, we suspect, because all the road project types are lumped together. Repair has long been found to produce more jobs than new roads.

LEED-ND deserves our enthusiastic support

Kaid Benfield is a Smart Growth America board member and the director of NRDC’s Smart Growth program. This post originally appeared on his NRDC Switchboard Blog. Our thanks to him for letting us run it in full here. -Ed.

I make no pretense of objectivity on this one. I’ve been working on LEED for Neighborhood Development for seven long years. It’s now finished and awaiting final approval by the three founding partners – NRDC (in consultation with the Smart Growth America coalition), the US Green Building Council, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Destination: Your Hometown–Meet with your Member of Congress in August

Here in Washington, August is known for sweltering heat, but the real action is heating up back in your hometown. With Members of Congress back to their districts for August recess, now is a great time to talk to your representative about all the benefits of complete streets.

Thursday News – New Coalition and 99 Policies

This week: A new coalition formed in Minnesota, Lee’s Summit may be the 99th jurisdiction to adopt complete streets, new bike lanes in Rochester MN and more.